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Petraeus: Intelligence Showed it Was Terrorism

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According to former CIA Director David Petraeus, classified intelligence showed that the deadly raid on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack. But he says the administration decided to withhold the suspected role of specific al-Qaida affiliates.

Lawmakers are providing details of the testimony by Petraeus today to members of House and Senate intelligence panels behind closed doors.

Petraeus told them that references to terrorist groups suspected of carrying out the violence were removed from the public explanation of what happened, so as not to tip off the groups that U.S. intelligence was on their trail.

He also said it initially was unclear whether militants infiltrated a demonstration to cover their attack.

After the hearing, lawmakers said Petraeus had testified that the CIA's draft talking points written in response to the assault had referred to it as a terrorist attack. But he also said the reference was removed from the final version -- although he wasn't sure which federal agency deleted it.

Democrats say he insisted it wasn't done for political reasons during the re-election campaign.

Petraeus told lawmakers that security at the consulate was so lax, attackers literally walked in and set fire to the facility, leading to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens from smoke inhalation. Three other Americans were also killed.

Meanwhile, lawmakers who heard from former CIA Director David Petraeus today say he didn't discuss the extramarital affair that led him to resign last week -- except in passing.

They say he expressed regret about the circumstances of his departure. And he told them that his decision to resign had nothing to do with the controversy over the way the Obama administration portrayed the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in September that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others.

Petraeus today was delivering his first testimony on Capitol Hill since his resignation.

With reporters and photographers staking out most approaches, Petraeus was taken through a network of underground hallways into a secure hearing room for the testimony. Police closed down entire corridors of the Capitol.  (AP)

 

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